Call For Papers

Special Track of the International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital Ecosystems (MEDES’13)

Objectives

In the wake of the exponential growth of electronically stored information, digital ecosystems for information preservation are facing huge challenges. Where information is considered a key asset of an organization, sustainability and trust are the most valuable characteristics that need to be guaranteed. Effective management methods are necessary for meeting quality requirements of information that is preserved for reasons of statutory obligations, dispute resolution or litigation, and assuring on-going legal rights and responsibilities. However, the limited ability for human accuracy and consistency in managing the ever increasing volume of paper and native digital records puts organisations at risk.
Digital archiving in Europe is still widely associated with repositories of social science and humanities’ information rather than as a business process through which current information is effectively managed. Technology and the proposed Luxembourg law proposal on e-archiving are likely to impact the paradigm of how we manage information as a knowledge asset and how we deal with the selection and retention of paper and digital documents in the business world. Whereas technological solutions have matured to a stage where they can be readily implemented for information management, many internal and external factors impacting the new ecosystem of digital information need to advance to the same level of maturity in order to apply best practices to archiving processes. New methods for the management of digital archives may be derived from international standards, but the various pieces of the ecosystem still need to interconnect.
This special track addresses information management issues that arise in digital ecosystems for information preservation and establishes a framework for the management of digital archives with regards to immediate efficiency and long term sustainability. It will provide a platform for the presentation of components of the ecosystem such as information governance concepts, legal and regulatory topics, international standards and current best practices and state of the art technological solutions and will foster the interchange of practices and models
Contributions to this track will be seen as steps towards reference model for digital trust and ultimately for the future formalisation of archiving digital information in Europe.

Topics

Authors are invited to submit full research papers and on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of electronic archiving
    • Concept of document in the digital age
    • Legal basis for digital information and records management (Lux IP law, regulations across EU)
    • Digital continuity planning – Designing a road map towards digital trust
  • Information governance for hybrid records (– in cooperation with ILNAS and CRP Tudor)
    • Regulatory and legal requirements (Rule of Evidence at court, production of documents, ..)
    • Data models and systems for digital information management
    • Standards (Getting the most from ISO 16175,...)
    • Accountability, roles and responsibilities in digital information governance
  • Technical foundations supporting digital continuity
    • eDiscovery (digital forensic procedures used in the extraction and analysis of documentary evidence)
    • Legal compliance in electronic record keeping
  • Methodologies for sustainable archives
    • Towards a reference model for building and preserving digital continuity
    • Digitisation of paper records
    • Lifecycle management methods for e-archiving

Short industry papers (up to 4 pages in the ACM format) or presentations on practical experiences relating to the above listed topics may also be accepted. Conference proceedings will be published by ACM and indexed by the ACM Digital Library and DBLP. Journal special issues will be published in due course. Paper submission is available online via: EasyChair for MEDES 2013 website.

Special Track Chairs

Professor Stefan Gradmann
Head of Library, Professor University of Leuven, Belgium
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University Library
T +32 16 32 4 600
Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21 - box 5591
BE-3000 Leuven

Romain Lanners
Luxembourg - Adviser at Fedil Business Federation Luxembourg Secretary General of ICT Luxembourg
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Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
T +352 43 53 66-1
7, rue Alcide de Gasperi
L-1013 Luxembourg

Stefanie Zutter
Records management consultant at Knowledge@Work
Associate Member of the Australian Library and Information Association
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T +352 26430613
6 Cour du Couvent
L-1362 Luxembourg

Important Dates

  • Submission Date (extended): July 31st, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: September 5th, 2013
  • Camera Ready: September 20th, 2013
  • Conference Dates: October 28-31, 2013

Paper selection process

This special track of the ACM MEDES conference will follow the general guidelines of the conference with respect to submission and paper selection. All submitted papers will be published in the ACM MEDES conference proceedings, with the same opportunities for selection to journal special issues.

 
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MEDES'13 will be held at Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg from October 28th till October 31th.

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